One strategy to help students summarize a story plot is retelling a story. This Smartboard activity includes slides that discuss what a retelling is, when to use retelling when reading, how to retell a text, tips for retelling a story, how retelling helps you, an example of a written retelling, and a retelling checklist rubric. Retellings can be done orally and written. The students need to know what exactly needs to be included when retelling stories, a much needed skill to gain story comprehension.
Please look in my store for my word documents on retelling tips for students (they can glue these in interactive notebooks) and rubric to use for retellings (can be inserted in students' portfolios).